Working on a GPS guided robot using an RC car chassis. It has a FEZ Domino (like a Netduino) main board and listens to a GPS receiver and a 3 axis magnetometer for direction. I am using the button shield for basic feedback (location, orientation, distance, etc.) and also a USB thumbdrive for logging all of the data.
Right now I am only testing the steering, but you can see in the video that it is tracking a direction based on the GPS coordinate. The end goal will be to have a robot that can quickly trace a GPS coordinate path, essentially point to point navigation.
Yes, it’s a little rough looking right now, but should be ready for some real road tests next weekend. The whole system is custom written in C#. More to follow. (read more)
Featured Community Project from the Adafruit Blog
Trent Brooks contacted us to share about a project he made for his daughter: “I made a one of a kind smart night light for my daughter with a bunch of adafruit electronics — she absolutely loves it. Thanks so much, Adafruit!”
This is an ongoing project we made for our daughter Harpa (1 and a half years old). It’s a hand sewn elephant head sculpture with microcontroller electronics inside- essentially it’s a night light. It has evolved from a small paper origami elephant with blinking LEDs, to a large hand crafted elephant lamp shade with Wifi controlled RGB LEDs, microphone, speaker, and a custom designed iPad application to teach Harpa about colour. (read more)
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